“Intimacy, Communication, and Awareness” with Ted Maddry at New Culture Summer Camp East

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What’s your communication style, and can you speak another “language”?

Different people learn and communicate in different ways. In interpersonal communication, what can you do to effectively communicate in the moment when your styles are mismatched? And if this a relationship that you want to develop, what can you do together over time to learn how to better speak each other’s “language”? Learn how to effectively ‘bridge the gap’ in communication challenges that arise in student/teacher, professional, and interpersonal dynamics, and have an opportunity to troubleshoot individual real-world learning and communication challenges.

What If?

After a week of getting to know one another deeply, we can find great insight and still retain the fresh perspective that comes from a first impression. We will bring together the rapport we’ve built and the open, vulnerable space that Summer Camp can open in each of us to play a game called “What If?” It’s a simple game where we’ll put you in a scenario, perhaps from the week, or maybe from your life. Then we’ll offer ideas and indulge curiosity about what would happen if you changed this little thing (“What if you were standing closer?” “What if you speak less often?” “What if you expressed your hurt feelings?”) and observe how the scene plays out.

f160aed7-d9c3-4437-935c-a941f3a1111eAfter sneaking awareness, intimacy and communication skills into his dance classes for years, Ted Maddry (www.tedmaddry.com)  is excited to be facilitating personal growth more directly. Now he enjoys bringing movement and body awareness to an exploration of self. His intuition and keen attention to detail create a dynamic facilitation style that adjusts each session to the needs of the participants. Expect to be challenged in unusual ways. Expect Ted to say the things unsaid in “polite company,” in support of your growth and self-awareness. Expect to use your body, and experiment with your boundaries. Ted is also the Ringleader of Beyond Blues, offering weekly Blues Dance venues in Berkeley and San Francisco, workshops, and dance camps.


Gender playshop at New Culture Summer Camp East!

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“Is it a boy or a girl?” The implications of this question affect us from womb to tomb, determining how people interact with us, our perception of ourselves, and how we interact with others. In this interactive, experiential, playshop we will: identify ways concepts of sex and gender enhance and limit our personal and social experiences; expand our sex/gender menu options from binary to buffet; play with our fears, excitements, preferences and bias around sex and gender; become empowered to redefine our community constructions of gender in and outside of camp.

fa72e8bb-7426-406f-8369-00a1f36b0ea1Oblio Z. Stroyman is a Queer identified relational therapist (LMFT) in Eugene OR, and is the steward of “The Point” studio, an intimate venue that supports community through hosting events and skill share opportunities. She has always been passionate about community and social trends, focusing her undergraduate and graduate studies on family, gender and sexuality. She has been connected to the Network for a New Culture Community since 2000, participating as an organizer of Summer Camp West since 2010, and helping to bring gender to the forefront of New Culture dialogues. In her professional work, she focuses on raising awareness in professional organizations regarding polyamory, gender, LGBTQI concerns and community through offering regular trainings. She has been intricately involved in Eugene’s ecstatic dance and contact improvisational dance community since 2008, and incorporates somatic healing modalities into her practice. Oblio strives to weave together strengths from the aforementioned communities into cohesive opportunities for increased intimacy, depth, learning and social change through group processes.

Workshop: “Using NVC in your Primary Relationship(s)” will be at New Culture Summer Camp East

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In this workshop we’ll explain what causes conflict (especially in intimate relationships), and teach you a few easy-to-learn techniques that will turn most of those potential arguments into opportunities for greater intimacy, instead of frustration and anger.
We’ll share with you our skills as professional relationship mediators and NVC* instructors, including some of the newer, body-centered ways of working with NVC.
Bring your spouse(s) or come alone. This class will also be helpful for people between relationships seeking to improve their partnership skills.
*NVC and Non-Violent Communication are trademarks of CNVC.org and Marshall Rosenberg.


clip_image009Max and Elise Rivers (www.themarriagemediator.net) pioneered combining NVC and mediation and focusing on using these powerful tools specifically on primary relationships over the past 15 years.  They have developed a six session process for coaching people to find the benefit of their differences, specializing in helping people in nontraditional intimate relationships like their own.

“5Rhythms” workshop at New Culture Summer Camp East

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The fastest way to still the mind is to move the body.

Gabrielle Roth’s 5Rhythms is a dynamic movement practice—a practice of being in your body—that ignites creativity, connection, and community.  Individuals interpret each rhythm —Flowing Staccato Chaos Lyrical Stillness™ — in a uniquely personal way, opening them to a new sense of freedom and possibility that can be both surprising and healing. By remaining committed to movement regardless of the chatter of the mind, dancers deepen their state of presence to this moment, to this body, to this community, to this land, to this possibility, to this spirit, and to this soul.

In this practice, we quiet the intellectual center of the mind and we awaken the creative and intuitive center of the body. We discover and uncover the body’s intelligence and wisdom through movement. In this workshop, we will start with a gentle wade through a 5Rhythms Wave providing an experiential introduction to the practice.  In the morning session, we will explore the foundational rhythms of Flowing and Staccato – using movement and attention to breath as gateways to quiet the mind.  In the afternoon session, we will cozy up to (or leap into) the rhythms of Chaos, launching us to the lessons of Lyrical and washing us up on the shores of Stillness.

Each session will include an opportunity to move through a full Wave of the 5Rhythms. We will move in connection with ourselves, in partnerships, and in community. Dancers are encouraged to stay on the “dance floor” and/or in motion —especially when the mind may entice you to go elsewhere. Staying in usually yields the more powerful result. It is not necessary to attend both sessions but is recommended.

Bring water. Be prepared to sweat.  And be prepared to drop all expectations.

jilsarahJilsarah Moscowitz has been practicing the 5Rhythms® since 2001 and has a been a certified 5Rhythms teacher since 2011.  She’s led classes for people of all ages and abilities.  Currently, she teaches a class in NYC for people in bodies that may have been injured or are healing.  She also leads classes for seniors, people with Alzheimer’s and NYC hipsters.  Based in NYC, the hub of the 5Rhythms practice, she enjoys her own personal dance practice which she considers her “movement medicine”.  She dances to shape-shift, to transform suffering into art, to explore distant edges, to experience ecstasy— and she teaches to offer her students the same opportunities.  Her students describe her teaching style as “permissive”; she holds a space with safety for her students to express themselves without judgment.  Jilsarah had the opportunity to study directly with Gabrielle Roth, the founder of the 5Rthythms practice, who passed away in October 2012.  Before discovering the 5Rhythms, she was an active volunteer and leader in the Dance New England community.  For more information, go to www.Jilsarah.com

Charles Eisenstein to present three workshops at New Culture Summer Camp East

1cb15ac1-acfc-4d58-92ae-ca90ad096469One of the core issues facing us on this planet is developing an economic system that works toward sustainability rather than resource depletion and environmental destruction.  New Culture Summer Camp East is proud to welcome Charles Eisenstein as one of our presenters at this year’s 10-day immersion camp (http://www.cfnc.us/sce.html.)  Charles is a deep thinker and dynamic presenter – his workshops last year stimulated our minds and challenged us to identify the gifts that we have to offer the world in this critical time.  His vision aligns with New Culture’s central project (http://cfnc.us/newculture.html) of creating a sustainable world based on love, freedom, and community.

Charles Eisenstein is a teacher, speaker, and writer focusing on themes of civilization, consciousness, money, and human cultural evolution.  His books (The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible, The Ascent of Humanity and Sacred Economics) as well as his other essays and blog posts on web magazines have generated a vast online following; he speaks frequently at conferences and other events, and gives numerous interviews on radio and podcasts. Writing in Ode magazine’s “25 Intelligent Optimists” issue, David Korten (author of When Corporations Rule the World) called Eisenstein “one of the up-and-coming great minds of our time.”  Eisenstein graduated from Yale University in 1989 with a degree in Mathematics and Philosophy, and spent the next ten years as a Chinese-English translator. He currently lives in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania with his wife and three sons.  (www.charleseisenstein.net, www.sacred-economics.com)

These are the workshops he is presenting on Tuesday of camp:

The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible

We are at a transition point from an age of separation to an age of reunion, of interconnection, of the gift. Join Charles as he maps out the process of transition: crisis, breakdown, the “space between stories,” and the emergence of the world we’ve always known deep down is possible. How can we contribute to this process? What does it mean for the activist? For the healer? For the leader?

Emissaries from the Future

Sometimes at special gatherings like New Culture Camp people get the sense that this isn’t just some respite from a grim normality, but a glimpse of what is possible for humanity. And, more importantly, they get the sense that isn’t just a theoretical possibility, but something that could actually happen. This powerful exercise will plug you into that feeling — let’s call it knowledge — so that you are better able to carry it forward outside of camp, and act from it in your life.

Gifting Circle

To forge community , we must do more than simply get people together. While that is a start, soon we get tired of just talking, and we want to do something, to create something. Community is woven from gifts. Unlike today’s market system, whose built-in scarcity compels competition in which more for me is less for you, in a gift economy the opposite holds. Because people in gift culture pass on their surplus rather than accumulating it, your good fortune is my good fortune: more for you is more for me. Wealth circulates, gravitating toward the greatest need. In a gift community, people know that their gifts will eventually come back to them, albeit often in a new form. Such a community might be called a “circle of the gift.”   http://www.shareable.net/blog/a-circle-of-gifts

If you are curious how sacred economics, gender awareness, activism, ecstatic dance, clear communication training, and relationship freedom can all come together, take a look at New Culture Summer Camp East – 10 days of re-inventing society.  If you dream that it’s possible, join us in making it real! 

What is New Culture?


Welcome to our blog for the Center for a New Culture, or CFNC!  We are the east-coast extension of the Network for a New Culture, or NFNC.  “What is New Culture?” you ask? Here’s one description:

New Culture comes out of examining every aspect of our existing cultures and experimenting to find out how to create a world based on love and freedom, rather than fear and violence.

In our explorations, we have looked at everything from inner aspects of one’s self-experience to global consequences of our societal choices. Some areas we have focused on include:

  • methods of dealing with painful emotional reactions
  • developing healthy boundaries
  • conflict resolution skills
  • alternative models of family, community and “tribe”
  • improving communication across gender, ethnic, and racial lines
  • acceptance of neurodiversity and diverse mental experiences
  • freedom in sexual and loving connections
  • reducing consumption and global impact of our lifestyles
  • living in healthy relationship to children
  • making sustainable choices around food and diet
  • organizing to create local, regional, and global change.

We look forward to future explorations in these areas and others, such as:

  • the aging and dying process
  • money and our relationships to it
  • disability and “normality”
  • social entrepreneurship as a means for social change
  • etc.

Based in Arlington, Virginia, the Center for a New Culture holds workshops, weekends, and the New Culture Summer Camp East (in West Virginia).  Part of the purpose of this blog is to do outreach to get the word out about our events.  We also hope to create a public forum for discussion about what we would like to see manifest in the Earth’s future.